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Get The Look: Anna Sophia Robb’s Modern Chignon

Mastering a classic slicked-back hairstyle is number one on our list this season, especially since it requires so little maintenance. Actress Anna Sophia Robb was spotted at the Broadway premiere of Gigi sporting a modern chignon which we just had to try out. Follow our easy guide below to achieve this look yourself at home.

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Instructions

1. If your hair has just been freshly washed, use a lightweight cream so you don’t suffer from any flyaways. This particular formula adds a hint of shine, and is perfect if you’re getting photographed. Concentrate the product into the ends of your hair, then blow-dry backwards.

Get The Look - Anna Sophia Robb's Modern Chignon

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2. Comb backwards and secure the hair into a bun at the nape of your neck. If your hair is particularly thin, section it off, take small pieces of hair and wrap them over each other. This gives the illusion of added volume without the use of extensions. Once hair is done, set it in place with some hair spray.

Get The Look - Anna Sophia Robb's Modern Chignon

Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist, $27

3. Let out those shorter layers at the front of your face and curl with a tong for added volume.

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April 20, 2015

5 Vintage-Inspired Bridal Hairstyles

Lots of hair trends come and go, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a classic bridal hairstyle for your wedding day.

Not only will these hairstyles photograph beautifully in your wedding photos, but they are also suitable for the bridesmaids and even the mother of the bride!

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Finger wave

Even though this was one of the most popular styles throughout the 1920s, it still looks amazing today! Give yourself a modern twist by parting your hair down the middle (instead of at the side), and wrap the rest of your hair in a loose bun.

5 Vintage-Inspired Bridal Hairstyles

Chignon

A classic chignon is ideal for a bride with thick, long hair that is often textured or unruly. A style like this keeps it in place all day long, and won’t create tension at the base of your scalp. Make sure to keep a few extra bobby pins in your kit, just in case!

5 Vintage-Inspired Bridal Hairstyles

Hair comb

Accessorise a classic hairstyle with a beautiful hair comb, which can also be your ‘something old.’ Pearls, flowers and other little hair ornaments are a match made in heaven if your dress features lots of white lace.

5 Vintage-Inspired Bridal Hairstyles

Ringlets

Give your hairstyle a bit of a 1950s influence with ringlets. They are perfect for brides with really thick or course hair, which needs to be tamed throughout the day. Feature a few ringlets on the side of your hair and simply create a neat and tidy bun with the rest that’s leftover.

5 Vintage-Inspired Bridal Hairstyles

Tight curls

Who can resist a classic curl on their wedding day? Use a pair of hot rollers overnight if your hair finds it difficult to stay in shape. And don’t forget to use a generous amount of hairspray for extra hold.

5 Vintage-Inspired Bridal HairstylesWhich one is your favourite style?

Images via Chic Vintage Brides, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Daily Makeover

March 9, 2015

Wedding Hairstyles Using Flowers

Create a fun and flirty spring wedding-look by accessorising your hair with some natural blooms. For her wedding to rocker Jamie Hince, Kate Moss had her bridesmaids and flowers girls wearing flower wreaths which perfectly complemented their outfits. Below are just a few ways to accessorise your hair for the big day!

Messy up-do

If you want a twist to a classic bun, accessorise your hair with a few natural flowers for your wedding day. In this case, flowers are pinned into the bun on the right side to give drama to the entire look.

Wedding Hairstyles Using Flowers

Natural curls

Go for the simplistic look and style your hair down with some textured curls, which frame the face beautifully. To add some flowers to this look, take a few strands of hair from one side, twist and secure just above the ear with a pin. Then over the top, pin the tiny flowers you wish to use. The bride in this scenario has matched her hair accessories to the grooms boutonnière, very cute!

Wedding Hairstyles Using Flowers

Chignon

For a chignon hairstyle, you can’t go past a few flowers which will make you look and feel like you’ve stepped out of a Jane Austen novel! Tuck a few of your favourite flowers into the top of the bun, and secure with bobby pins to conceal any tracks. Baby’s breath is perfect since it will stay in place, and can last for hours.

Wedding Hairstyles Using Flowers

Images via Bridal Musings, Calie Rose, Claire Wallace Hairdressing 

August 29, 2014

How To: Perfect Low Bun Tutorial

This sophisticated hair-do takes only minutes to master, and leaves hair looking refined without the constant need of a touch-up. Although, the tutorial works best on straight un-layered hair, work with your natural cut and texture to achieve a low maintenance look which is perfect all year round.

You will need:

Hair elastic

Bobby pins

Finishing Spray – David Babaii Finished Styling Spray, $24.99

Texturising Spray – Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $39

Instructions

  1. Comb through hair, making sure to remove any knots or tangles which would make it difficult to achieve this look. If your hair is freshly washed, now is the best time to spray in a little texturising mist, which will give hair a greater hold and maintain it’s natural texture.
  2. Fasten hair into a pony tail at the nape of the neck, then divide hair through the middle. This will allow the elastic to move slightly lower on the pony tail  then flip the hair inside the gap. Hair will feel secure this way, and won’t fall out during the day.
  3. Take the length of the hair, and twirl over and tuck in. Use as many bobby pins as you need to secure hair in place, and also make it stay. Spritz with some finishing spray to hold the bun together.
  4. If you have shorter layers at the front, you can let them out or even pin them back if you’re going for a refined look.

Tips

  • A finishing spray is best to use since it is not as harsh on the hair, and will still maintain it’s texture without over-styling it. Avoid spraying on the roots; focus the spray on the length of the hair instead.
  • Use bobby pins which are of similar colour to your hair. This will allow them to blend-in better and create a subtle look.

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July 22, 2014

7 Romantic Hairstyles For The Big Day

Choosing just one hairstyle for your wedding can prove difficult, especially if you have long hair. It is important to pick a style which flatters your face, and compliments the texture of your hair, but also represents your personality. Romantic hairstyles are not only elegant, but also timeless since they never go out of style. Below are ten romantic hairstyles to get you inspired for the big day!

1. Braided hair

Braids are timeless hairstyles which are easy to recreate and modify to suit your own unique sense of style. This simple hairstyle can be accessorised with small flowers or wreaths if your wedding is in the warmer months.

2. Half up, half down

A classic hairstyle made popular by brides such as Jennifer Lopez, this look is cute and simple if you want your dress and makeup to be the main statement. Don’t worry about your hair dropping throughout the day, this will only add to the look.

3. Waterfall braid

Waterfall braids are an elegant way to wear your hair for any formal event. Hair is first curled, and then a simple cascade braid is added along the back. You can also choose to wear out your fringe as well.

4. Side bun

A popular choice for brides who don’t want to have their hair down, this style is both elegant and classy for the big day. Hair is pinned to the side using a sock-bun, then accessorised with crystals for an extra bit of sparkle.

5. Side ponytail

Perfect for brides with longer hair, this style still allows the hair to be worn down throughout the day. Braids are often used to make a bigger statement for a side ponytail, and costume earrings or jewellery can be worn to accessorise the ears or neck.

6. Braided bun

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous with your hairstyle, why not choose a braided bun? This style is best for brides with medium to long hair, since their layers won’t be popping out of the braid or bun. Although some hairspray is sure to fix any flyaways.

7. Classic chignon

The classic chignon (otherwise known as a ‘bun’) is a sleek hairstyle for brides who wish to wear their hair up. The bun is fixated on the nape of the neck, and hair usually has a kink or curl to make the look sophisticated.

Which style do you prefer?

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July 14, 2014

Get the Look: Mila Kunis’ Golden Globes Hair

Mila Kunis paired her sparkly Gucci pewter dress with a sleek and elegant chignon at the Golden Globes 2014, an easy hair up style when your dress is the main attraction. Here’s how celebrity hairstylist Renato Campora created the look in a few easy steps.

1. Renato worked L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Extraordinary Oil for All Hair Types through damp hair from the roots to the ends.

2. Using a large boar bristle round brush, he blow dried the hair away from her face, smoothing the ends.

3. Working section by section, he then applied L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Iron Straight Heatspray before flat ironing Mila’s hair, blow drying back to control the top and sides.

4. Lightly spraying L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray (one of our favourite all-purpose hairsprays), he secured the hair in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck.

5. Renato then applied lace around the ponytail and back of the head and secured with pins.

6. Finally, he twisted hair into a smooth bun, securing with French pins.

Are you a fan of Mila Kunis’ Golden Globes hair up style?

January 14, 2014